Giving Notice

If you rent or are part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), you may be required to give notice of your impending departure. This gives the appropriate people time to plan for your relocation and find new people to take your place once you leave.


The timeline for giving notice will vary by state and by your rental agreement or HOA rules. Make sure you check this paperwork at least 3 months ahead of time and follow the stated timelines.


Giving notice shouldn’t take long, but there are some steps you need to follow to make sure things go smoothly. Here are some tips to help:

  • Check your paperwork and state laws at least 3 months ahead of time.
  • Follow the laws and agreements exactly.
  • Request a walk-through with your landlord to get your security deposit back.
  • Before your walk-through, return your rental to the state it was in when you first arrived.